Zero Day News & Update: Robert De Niro Set to Star in New TV Series for the First Time in His Lengthy Career

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Robert De Niro will make his first venture into the world of television with the Netflix political drama Zero Day.

Lesli Link Glatter will direct and serve as an executive producer for the series. Michael S. Schmidt, Eric Newman of Grand Electric Productions, and Noah Oppenheim are the show's creators and executive producers. Schmidt is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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What is Zero Day All About?

The official logline from Netflix reads:

"Zero Day asks the question on everyone's mind — how do we find truth in a world in crisis, one seemingly being torn apart by forces outside our control? And in an era rife with conspiracy theory and subterfuge, how much of those forces are products of our own doing, perhaps even of our own imagining?"

De Niro, who would reportedly play a former president of the United States, will also executive produce alongside Newman.

"Zero Day is a shrewd, heart-pounding conspiracy thriller that will keep audiences at the edge of their seat," Peter Friedlander, Netflix's VP of U.S. and Canada scripted series, said. "What an honor to have this A-list caliber of talent assembled, led by the iconic Robert De Niro and brought to life by the unrivaled talents of Eric Newman, Noah Oppenheim, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Michael S. Schmidt."

Zero Day is a limited series consisting of six episodes.

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Life-Long De Niro Fan

Newman expressed his delight at being able to collaborate with De Niro on this project: "I am a lifelong fan of Robert De Niro. To have him as a producing partner and star in this show is beyond my wildest dreams. And Lesli Linka Glatter has directed so many of my favorite episodes of television; she was our clear first choice to direct this show. I am grateful to Netflix for their continued faith and support and thrilled to be in business with the amazing creative team of Noah, Lesli, and Jonathan on this timely (and terrifying) series."

In 2016, De Niro was attached to an untitled Prime Video mafia drama from David O. Russell; Julianne Moore was supposed to co-star in the series, which was given a two-season order. Regrettably, Harvey Weinstein was an executive producer, and Amazon cancelled the series after claims of sexual harassment and assault were made against him.

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